▪ The nonprofit Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) will conduct four lionfish derbies awarding $3,500 in cash prizes. Events will be held Saturday in Fort Lauderdale; Aug. 15 in Palm Beach County; and Sept. 12 in Key Largo. For more information, visit www.reef.org/lionfish/derbies.
▪ The Bacardi Oakheart Key West Marlin Tournament will be held July 22-25 in conjunction with the annual Heminway Days Celebration in Key West. There will be $50,000 in guaranteed prizes, and the tournament is limited to the first 75 boats. The entry fee is $1,800 per boat. For more information, visit www.keywest.marlin.com.
▪ The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is offering a free hunter safety Internet completion course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 26 at Gun World of South Florida, 1700 South Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. Students must complete the Internet course before coming to class and bring a copy of the final report from the online portion of the course. The final report form does not have to be notarized. An adult must accompany youths under the age of 16 at all times. Students should bring a pencil and paper with them to take notes. Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course and have a hunting license to hunt alone (unsupervised). The FWC course satisfies hunter-safety training requirements for all other states and Canadian provinces. To register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes, visit MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or call 561-625-5122.
▪ The Hooked on Kids Charity Fishing Tournament will be held Aug. 6-7 at the Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort in Key Largo. The proceeds will benefit Sheridan House. For more information, call 954-983-4360 or go to www.sheridanhouse.org/web/events/fishing-tournament/.
▪ Former Olympic skiier and fly-fishing great Andy Mill and son Nicky will cohost the 2015 Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition, held Aug. 15-22 at the El Pescador Lodge. Anglers are invited to help tag fish and support research by the University of Miami’s Tarpon and Bonefish Research Center. For more information, call Adam Marton at 312-440-1200 or email Adam@fieldworkersclub.com.
▪ More than 40 species of fish are targeted through Nov. 30 for the Key West Fishing Tournament, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The release of game fish is strongly encouraged. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes. For more information, visit keywestfishingtournament.com.
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